Visitor reviews for Red Mountain Resort Ski Resort

Red Mountain Resort Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 96 votes and 38 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.8

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Red Mountain Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.3

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Red Mountain Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.5

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.1

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.3

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Red Mountain Resort.

Public Transport: 3.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Red Mountain Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.9

(1) No places to stay in/near Red Mountain Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.3

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Red Mountain Resort.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.1

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Red Mountain Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 2.0

(1) Red Mountain Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Red Mountain Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Red Mountain Resort are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.0

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Red Mountain Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.1

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Red Mountain Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.7

(1) Red Mountain Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.2

(1) The staff at Red Mountain Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Red Mountain Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.2

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 3.7

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.2

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.3

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 3.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Red Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.5

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Red Mountain Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Red Mountain Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.8

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Red Mountain Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.3

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.2

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.3

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.2

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.9

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.9

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.7

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.9

(1) Overall, Red Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.0

(1) Overall, Red Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

Show all 35 ratings

March 16, 2012
austin from Ski Canada Canada
Fluffy pow! Huge cliffs! Fields of fresh untouched pow pow. Great for exploring. Portals open to take you into another dimension where mega resorts with huge lines never existed. Such a gem.
March 14, 2012
Corey from Ski Canada Canada
Yea, Red sucks. No lift lines, unlimited tress, cliffs and easy access slack country. And that 30cm dump yesterday really sucked.
March 13, 2012
alan from Ski Canada Canada
Red is for people who like steep trees, good snow, and lots of touring. Don't come here expecting a huge bar scene, come to ski. [note from the editor: text reduced for the sake of absolute relevance]
March 11, 2012
Steve from Ski Australia Australia
Bad hill, no snow, too many trees, bad night life, small park just a bad hill never going to come back. All up prob the worst hill I've ever been on.
March 09, 2012
steven from Ski Australia Australia
Bad snow if it snows, too many trees, nothing to do in town and it's very clicky. Would not recommend if you're young and single. Get your ice on.
December 20, 2011
Sandy from Ski Canada Canada
Red Mountain is one of the last hidden shred spots in the World! It might take some time to get there, but once you do ~ you'll have no regrets..... imagine days of untracked pow...rare to find ice...drop 360 degrees off of 2 mountains...Red and Granite. Unlimited challenge even for the most gnarly shredder...never a lift line, loads of on mountain luxury accommodation, and 'Rafters Bar' will keep you rock'n all night long! Walk or x-country ski into Rossland and stop at 'Rock Cut Pub' along the way for a pint and some of their famous Billy Wings. Be sure to check out 'Le Petite Fromage' a fun filled nordic ski or snowshoe moonlight adventure filled with fondue and friends. There is always something new and exciting to do at Red Mountain....that is if you have anything left in the tank after the shred.
March 06, 2011
Ann from Ski Canada Canada
Red (Red Mountain Resort) is one of the best places to ski in BC, hands down. The snow is always great....of course, there's times when we don't get anything....every resort will get that low snowfall period! And who cares if the lifts are short...if they were high speed you'd only be able to do 4 runs in a day because you wouldn't have time to catch you're breath! The runs are long and sick! They've recently added onto the base lodge and its really polished the whole look up! The lines are short (except for on Presidents Day Weekend and Christmas...our busiest days of the year....but even then they really aren't as long as some of the other resorts around here) and the locals are friendly!
February 27, 2011
David Simpson from Ski United States Minor Outlying Islands United States Minor Outlying Islands
Not that I am prejudiced but I found Red (Red Mountain Resort) six years ago after searching for years. I grew up and raised a family skiing Tahoe before it was crowded, Red has the best terrain and on a powder day it is as good as any heli/cat skiing around. The glades and trees and steeps are as good as they say and it feels like skiing used to be: uncrowded and the feeling of exploring ! The town and the people are way cool, laid back and friendly. Like any good place it will change but hopefully not too fast, I am just glad I discovered it and even though I have to work in Maui currently I own a home there and call it home, you should check out the whole Kootenay's and do the "powder triangle" as well as do Christina Lake in the summer if you have a chance. Aloha.
January 14, 2011
frank hainsworth from Ski Canada Canada
I note most of your reviews are out of date regarding Red Mountain Resort. Grandmas in this area ski the black runs because they are such great skiers, not because the runs are easy. There are new runs cut on Grey Mountain if you want to hike for five minutes. There is a virtually new lodge with "bathrooms". Things are moving at Red. Yes, the lifts are slow but you need a rest after 3000 ft of powder and there is usually no line up. See you on the slopes if you can find us.
October 31, 2010
Carl Penney from Ski New Zealand New Zealand
I rode here in Feb 2008 and had one awesome time. Red (Red Mountain Resort) has some sick terrain and some of the best tree snowboarding I have ever had. I love the steeps and the resort feels like a real adventure, on one run I came across old miner huts and a local invited me in for a chat and hot drink! which was cool. Unfortunately, I only had one powder day at Red but it was awesome, the whole day I was able to find hidden stashes of powder. What else can I say? Well the staff are great, friendly locals who are more than happy to sit down and have a chat with a complete stranger, very engaging also keen to share advise and help you out and it was cool to share stories about New Zealand with them. One downer was the motel I was staying at advertised free shuttle rides from Rossland to Red but when I turned up the motel had stopped that service leaving me to have to hitch hike to the mountain every day. That was a real pain and totally unexpected!